The Merry Poppins Musical Choir

We sing songs from classics such as Grease, Chicago and Sister Act but also modern classics like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend & Matilda. Plus an occasional Queen song! A women's choir.

Our Christmas Concert!

Sunday December 17, 8pm in NDSM Treehouse, Amsterdam

2018

year of Origin

2

cities: amsterdam & Utrecht

3

events per year:
shows and recordings

A peek at a rehearsal

A video essay made by Utrecht Poppins members, Christina van Beek for her study Musicology. Very cool.

In Amsterdam and Utrecht

Amsterdam Poppins

Rehearsals on Saturdays, 11 am

Crea, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam

Utrecht Poppins

Rehearsals on Thursdays 8 pm

Buurthuis De Beatrix, Pr. Beatrixlaan 2, Utrecht

Founder & choir leader: 

Linor Oren

I must have watched the musical movie Mary Poppins at least three dozen times as a child and teenager. Julie Andrews still is my idol. Obviously, our choir name is a tribute and wink!

I'm a trained classical singer and singing teacher. I have performed myself in a musical production: a 60-performances tour of The Phantom of the Opera, in Germany, in 2017.

To me, arranging songs for, and conducting the Poppins is an absolute blast.

Music video 2022: Let's Generalize About Men

From the riot of a tv show called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Let’s get super-lit 
And not admit 
This is some kind of primal ritual we need now and then
Maybe our spirits will rise
If we generalize about men

Music video 2023: Perfect

From the musical Disenchanted - not the Disney one!

Now there are those who’ll tell you to
Corse it squeeze it and cinch it
Pinch every inch you can pinch
It’s insanity

Why can’t we see that when this girdling, belting
And strapping defines who we are
It’s gone too far, and kids that’s not for me

I’ve got a better ideology
And this is what my mirror-mirror's telling me
I’m perfect

Live: Sister Suffragette

Our marching song: Sister Suffragette from Mary Poppins. Here performed in Café De Pianist in Amsterdam, in 2019.

Some other of our memorable performances were at Paradiso Korendagen, in 2020 and 2023.

How to join?

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Do you love singing, love blending voices and love musicals? And are you a gal? (sorry guys...)

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You don't have to be a skilled singer, as long as you're dedicated.

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Come singing along one time at a rehearsal in Amsterdam or Utrecht (free). We'll determine where you'll fit in.

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Pay your contribution (yearly or semester) and you're in!

"The choir consists of amazing women from all around the world who share the same passions: singing and performing. The weekly rehearsals are for most of us a highlight of the week. They give us an opportunity to sing together, AND give us a boost of endorphins and joy! Our wonderful teacher, Linor, always finds the most challenging and exciting repertoire and organises regular performances to prepare us for our annual concerts."

Magdalena Urbanska

Poppin since 2019

"Linor brengt alles enthousiast over, op een leuke manier. Er zijn ook van die strenge dirigenten. Dan sla ik dicht. Linor maakt het heel toegankelijk voor iedereen. Zij is echt een deel van de groep, staat er niet los van."

Carla Havekotte

Poppin since 2019

"Merry Poppins is more than a choir: it brings people of different backgrounds together and bonds us, it gives us the opportunity to express ourselves and feel good about what we do. It's fun, it's joyful. At the same time we work hard practicing and improving our singing. By the end of each season we have a production of one of our songs. It is Linor’s professionalism, enthusiasm and ability to connect with her students that brings the best out of us! Ever since I joined the Poppins I feel myself part of a great team and our weekly rehearsals are the highlight of the week for me 😉! Many thanks, Linor, and keep doing what you do!"

Rosa Sarkeyeva

Poppin since 2022

Subscribe to the Merry Poppins

  • Sing musical songs on a weekly basis with wonderful ladies
  • Social events on the side, such as karaoke evenings, dinners, coffees.
  • Not just the X-mas concert & end of the year musical, but also a potential performance in the big hall of the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam, at Paradiso Korendagen
  • 50% discount on your first singing lesson, if you take it before December. 10% after that. 50% discount on my online courses.

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We're independent of grants. Cost covers my salary as arranger/conductor, costs for website development, social media promotion of member acquisition, fees for rehearsal and concert space and production costs of events/audio recordings/music videos.

Photos of video shoot Perfect, June 2023

Rehearsal & vacation dates

Amsterdam Rehearsals

November: 4,11,18

November 25: no rehearsal but open mic at 19.00

December: 2.9.16

January: 6, 13, 20, 27

February: 3, 10

March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

April: 6, 13, 20

May: 4, 11, 18, 25

June: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Amsterdam Vacations

December 23rd

December 30th


February 17th

February 24th


April 27th

Utrecht Rehearsals

November: 2,9,16,23,30

December: 7, 14, 21

January: 11, 18, 25

February: 1, 8, 15, 29

March: 7, 14, 21, 28

April: 4, 11, 18, 25

May: 16, 23, 30

June: 6, 13, 20, 27

Utrecht Vacations




December 28th

January 4th


February 22nd


May 2nd

May 9th


Frequently asked questions

How good do I need to be?

If you can follow a tune, you're probably good enough. Dedication is the main component, and we work on our voices in the rehearsals.

Do I need to commit to every rehearsal?

No. Of course it's nice if you attend all rehearsals. But if you can't make a certain date, just take it on yourself to catch up for the next rehearsal. Learn your parts at home.

What do I have to prepare before a tryout?

Usually, after the rehearsal, I do some vocal exercises with you, to get a feel for your voice and where you might fit in the choir. No need to prepare anything.

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